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Old 23.03.2015, 22:44
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Swiss child benefit paid in Euros

I am one of the unlucky companies in which my Swiss salary is paid in Euros. I live in France. We were forced to change our contracts 3 years ago or lose our jobs.

However, now comes an issue which is grating on my nerves beside the one previously mentioned. My 200 CHF for child benefit, is being paid in euros too. Varying rates between 120 and 123 CHF to the Euro for the last 3 years. However, now since the exchange rate has been unpegged, I am going to lose out. In February I was paid just 165 euros from my 200 CHF, and it will be the same for March. when I challenged my HR department about the exchange rate they quote that they use the quarterly published exchange rates issued by the "Bundesamt fur Sozialversicherungen". So currently I am losing around 25 euros per month on this payment.

I asked for the payment then in Swiss francs but they refuse. Yet they will be pocketing the difference. Surely there is something dodgy here....

Any legal minded bods here or know who I can ask to clarify this. Thanks
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Old 23.03.2015, 22:50
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Re: Swiss child benefit paid in Euros

Unfortunately, I think they're well within their rights.

Hang in there and stick with your job. In 5-10 years, when the euro recovers you'll be laughing when the rate is fixed in your favour for three months, until the next quarterly adjustment!
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Re: Swiss child benefit paid in Euros

If you live in France- why would you get child benefit in Swiss Francs??? Surely the it is French child benefit, not Swiss (or am I missing something?)

Edit- just checked- it is indeed the case- learnt something new today. The Geneva frontaliers site that unemployment is paid in Euros- so I suppose it is the same for child benefit. Why not get in touch with your local 'frontaliers amicale' or 'syndicat'.
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Old 23.03.2015, 22:56
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Re: Swiss child benefit paid in Euros

I am a single parent and I work in Switzerland, and as such, I get the Swiss Child Benefit. I have one child. every person is entitled to in Switzerland, however, in France I wouldn't get anything with one child. If you have more than one kid in France, you can collect from France, also it depends if you have a partner who works in France etc....
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